re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change the location, position, station, or residence of remove soldiers to the front
b : to transfer (a legal proceeding) from one court to another
2 : to move by lifting, pushing aside, or taking away or off remove your hat
3 : to dismiss from office
4 : to get rid of : eliminate remove a tumor surgically

intransitive verb

1 : to change location, station, or residence removing from the city to the suburbs
2 : to go away
3 : to be capable of being removed



Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : removal specifically : move sense 2c
2a : a distance or interval separating one person or thing from another
b : a degree or stage of separation

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Other Words from remove


removability \ ri-​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce removability (audio) \ noun
removable or less commonly removeable \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce removeable (audio) \ adjective
removableness \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce removableness (audio) \ noun
removably \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​blē How to pronounce removably (audio) \ adverb
remover noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remove

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of remove in a Sentence

Verb Remove the trash from the front yard. My tonsils were removed when I was five years old. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These new findings should remove any doubt about his innocence. What's a good way to remove stains from a silk dress? The new law would remove obstacles to obtaining a work permit. He was removed from office. Noun She thrives when she's at some remove from mainstream society. their farm is just a remove of two miles from the town center
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Colombia has the second-largest population of people who’ve been forcibly removed from their homes due to the conflict after Syria. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Colombia is using an app to return land to people displaced by war," 26 Mar. 2020 The cups have been raised so no one has to touch a flagstick, rakes have been removed from the bunkers, water jugs have been put away. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Golf – to play, or not? One of the many raging novel coronavirus debates," 25 Mar. 2020 In another call, a girl — aged between 13 and 15 (specific identifiers have been removed to protect the callers) — said that her mother’s partner had just abused her mother, then gone on to abuse the girl herself. New York Times, "For Abused Women, a Pandemic Lockdown Holds Dangers of Its Own," 24 Mar. 2020 Google representatives confirmed the apps have been removed from Play. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Google Play’s malicious app problem infects 1.7 million more devices," 24 Mar. 2020 This theory became widely circulated following a YouTube and Facebook video — that have both since been removed after The New York Times pointed them out — that claimed that breathing in hot air from a sauna or blow dryer could kill the coronavirus. Thatiana Diaz,, "The Latest Coronavirus “Cure” Involves A Hair Dryer & Hot Air," 23 Mar. 2020 After that, donors would go to a local blood bank to give plasma — the liquid part of blood left once cells and platelets have been removed — although the state is still working out logistical details. NBC News, "New York will be first state to test treatment of coronavirus with blood from recovered patients," 23 Mar. 2020 North Korea, and Venezuela earlier in his presidency; Chad and Iraq have since been removed from the list. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Barr nudges Congress for expanded powers during coronavirus-like emergencies," 21 Mar. 2020 Travel and direct exposure requirements have been removed, allowing health care workers and those with unexplained symptoms of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, to be tested. Lauren Caruba,, "San Antonio coronavirus cases jump to 11, including four contracted from travelers," 17 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dallas Cowboys: An extremely remote option given Prescott's progress and team's relative remove from Florida. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Where could Philip Rivers land next? Six NFL teams stand out as QB moves on from Chargers," 10 Feb. 2020 Correcting for the cooler fires of a red dwarf, astronomers conclude that even at so close a remove, K2-18b has surface temperatures that range from a low of -100º F (-73º C) to a high of 116º F (47º C). Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why This Earth-Like Planet is a Big Step Forward in the Search for Life," 11 Sep. 2019 Here there is no remove, with the cast members regularly within easy reach, which only makes their flawless execution — from their fierce choreography to their commitment to larger-than-life characters — all the more impressive. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Rock of Ages in Hollywood makes dinner theater sexy again: Review," 16 Jan. 2020 Seen from this remove, certain moments rise to the surface, worthy of excerpting for the Internet. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, "The Slog Comes in on Little Cat Feet," 4 Jan. 2020 Toxic nationalist movements have risen across the globe; politics in democratic nations have increasingly polarized; wealth gaps continue to expand; and the specter of climate change lurking at a remove has become an actual monster inside the house. Elijah Wolfson, Time, "20 Ways the World Got Better in 2019, in Charts," 23 Dec. 2019 This method of working may be a necessity, but the remove can be difficult for founders who built their companies from the ground up. Marc Bain, Quartz at Work, "Under Armour’s Kevin Plank shows how a founder’s role can change as a company grows," 22 Oct. 2019 And so while most scenes are precisely shot and composed, observing Yoav from a thoughtful remove, at certain points, the movie suddenly leaps into a handheld frenzy, as though trying to approximate his point of view. Justin Chang,, "‘Synonyms’ at Gene Siskel Film Center: When in France, do as the Israeli commandos-turned-nude Parisian models do," 5 Dec. 2019 For all the inexorable events that allowed her rise, her downfall comes all too easy; and after living all these years at a symbolic remove, the Lyons family is suddenly the key to saving England. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "How HBO’s ‘Years and Years’ triumphed at personalizing a global sense of doom," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of remove


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remove


Middle English remeven, removen, from Anglo-French remuver, removeir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre to move

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The first known use of remove was in the 14th century

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“Remove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move or take (something) away from a place
: to cause (something) to no longer exist
: to force (someone) to leave a job : to dismiss (someone) from a job



English Language Learners Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : a distance separating one person or thing from another


re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Kids Definition of remove

1 : to move by lifting or taking off or away Please remove your hat. I had my tonsils removed.
2 : to get rid of Bleach will remove the stain.
3 : to dismiss from a job or office


re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Legal Definition of remove

transitive verb

: to change the location, position, station, status, or residence of: as
a : to have (an action) transferred from one court to another and especially from a state court to a federal court — see also separable controversy

Note: Section 1441 et seq. of title 28 of the U.S. Code allows a defendant who is brought into a state court to remove the action to federal district court when diversity of citizenship exists, when the action involves a claim or right arising under the U.S. Constitution or under laws or treaties of the U.S., or when the defendant is a foreign country or its agency or instrumentality. Civil actions and criminal prosecutions brought against an officer or agency of the U.S. for any act under color of office may also be removed.

b : to dismiss from office an independent counsel…may be removed from office…only by the personal action of the Attorney GeneralU.S. Code
c : to take away should his incapacity be removed by a judgment of a courtLouisiana Civil Code

Other Words from remove

removability \ -​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce removability (audio) \ noun
removable also removeable \ -​ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce removeable (audio) \ adjective
removableness noun

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